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buck fever

nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter upon the approach of game.
any nervous excitement preceding a new experience.
Origin of buck fever
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Shook with the buck fever," admitted the boyish sergeant, with a laugh.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • The youngster's stance was perfect, but so was his buck fever.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Is it anything like buck fever when you are trying to shoot at an animal?

  • This was the worst case of buck fever that I have ever had and I do not care to ever experience a case of that kind again.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Now, I will tell you of another case of buck fever from a cause entirely different from that just related.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Cool fellow enough on ordinary occasions, he now had a violent attack of what is called the "buck fever."

    The Young Surveyor; J. T. Trowbridge
  • Any beginner is apt to have "buck fever," and therefore no beginner should go at dangerous game.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • "I'll bet you'll get buck fever the first time you come across it," chuckled the Head Chief.

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • I am not subject to buck fever, and was disgusted to find myself so badly "rattled" that I could scarcely handle the rifle.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • And what few running shots offered, he missed, mainly because of buck fever.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for buck fever

buck fever

nervous excitement felt by inexperienced hunters at the approach of game
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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